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Sheriff’s Office retires flags on Flag Day

6/19/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

GREEN — Numerous American flags were retired during a ceremony on Flag Day, June 14, at the Summit County Sheriff’s Office Robert D. Campbell Training Center on Greensburg Road. The annual event invites area residents, businesses and organizations to bring flags that are damaged or worn and no longer fit for display to be retired during the ceremony.

The Sheriff’s Office Color Guard, Mounted Unit, K-9 and Motorcycle units, along with the Group III Civil Air Patrol Squadron and various military groups, participated in the event. Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Capes, of Cuyahoga Falls, was the keynote speaker. The public also was invited to attend.

Shown at right top, at center, is Civil Air Patrol member Brandon Hurst, 18, assisting in folding a ceremonial flag during the event.

According to federal law, when a flag is no longer fit for display, it should be retired in a dignified manner, preferably by burning, as shown at top at the retirement ceremony.

Shown at right bottom are Green residents and siblings Aaryay Qureshi, 9, of Cub Scout Pack No. 3334, and Ayesha Qureshi, 10, of Girl Scout Troop No. 91551, carrying a large flag to be burned during the ceremony.

Shown below is 5-year-old Holly Orsine waving a new flag next to her mother, Erin, who waits to present an old flag for burning.

— By Maria Lindsay

Photos: Lew Stamp

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